Chicken & Spring Veggies In a Pot

I’ve been eyeing this recipe from BBC GoodFood for quite awhile now and first chance I got, I was off to get my veggies.  I added some ingredients to this recipe and subtracted others and it was so delicious.  There is something about Spring dishes with chicken and asparagus that I just can’t resist.

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Yesterday I added broccolini to my grocery list, put it in my cart (despite the insane price), paid for it at the till yet it somehow disappeared from my fridge today.  Don’t you hate when that happens?  I honestly don’t know at what stage it disappeared but I do know I put it in the cart so I’m completely confused.  So be sure you include it.  I didn’t but only because I wasn’t running to the grocery store for one ingredient.  If I do, I usually come out with a bunch of stuff I don’t even need so best I steer clear, ha!

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A package of bone-in, skin on chicken thighs was only $3.27 and now I realize I should have bought more.  Maybe I’ll be heading back to the store after all.  This is such an easy recipe and takes only 45 minutes from start to finish.  You can make a double batch during the week so you’ll have a leftover night.

You could serve this with coucous or brown rice to soak up those tasty juices.  A loaf of twelve grain bread is a must. You could also add basil pesto in the end for an extra punch of flavor and some dollops of Greek yogurt or creme fraiche for fun.  I considered it but I was loving the colours and freshness of this dish so much that I didn’t want to mess with it.

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I’m really excited to announce that I’ll be teaming up with some healthy food blogger friends to do a fabulous GIVEAWAY for Mother’s Day.  Stay tuned for more details to come!


As I’m typing this I’ve got an idea for a chicken and pasta dish that will be a quick and easy weeknight meal.  Looks like I’ll be busy tomorrow!  Spring is such an inspirational time for food.  Cheers!


Chicken & Spring Veggies In a Pot
Author: Robyn Gleason (slightly adapted from BBC Good Food)
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Serves: 4 persons
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 large (or 2 small) carrots, sliced
  • 12-16 mini red potatoes, halved
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups broccolini or broccoli
  • 1 cup petit pois peas
  • 8 stalks asparagus, woody end removed, chopped into 1″ pieces
  • 3 spring onions, white parts, chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • handful of fresh spinach, chopped
  • one small baby bok choy, chopped
  • Garnish with fresh basil, if desired.
  1. Heat oil in large pot and cook chicken on medium high until brown. Remove to plate.
  2. Cook onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes until onion is translucent
  3. Return chicken to pot and add vegetable broth, carrots, potatoes, and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce to simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove cover and add remaining ingredients. Let cook for 5 minutes and remove from heat. Add your basil pesto and a dollop of yogurt at this point if desired.
  5. Garnish with fresh basil and serve immediately.



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    April 10, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Lovely soup Robyn, with fresh veggies galore. Adding bok choy is different, adding am Asian flavor. What are you up to? You seem to be busy with something. Missing our chats! Lots of love from W.W.

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    April 10, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Hi Robyn,
    Yum! Chicken with all those wonderful vegetables – what a great meal. So healthy, hearty, and tasty. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!
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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    April 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    I am such a fan of bok choy and wish it was used more often. This is lovely – so fresh and healthy and one pot is perfect!
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    Blair @ The Seasoned Mom
    April 10, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Oh, I love the idea of using a crusty bread to soak up these delicious juices. This dinner sounds amazing, Robyn!! So fresh!
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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    April 10, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    I love broccolini!!!
    Haha, sometimes veggies do get lost in the fridge (or fall behind the shelf and drawer that is broken in our fridge!)
    But soup is the perfect way to make sure everything gets used!! Lovely!
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    April 10, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Hi Robyn, it is 1:30 on a Sunday afternoon and it has been raining here, which is wonderful we have not had rain in ages. I am running to the market to buy chicken thighs now, this looks perfect for our dinner tonight. Take care…….
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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    April 10, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    What a lovely pot of goodness. So pretty and love all the veggies you’ve got in there. Perfect for a snowy April day!! (ugh 🙂
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      April 11, 2016 at 8:47 am

      Can you believe it’s snowing, Jennifer? More last night, too! Your pancakes are blowing my mind!

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    Anita Rivera
    April 11, 2016 at 4:59 am

    Good morning dearest Robyn! I am late; I had the most incredible photo shoot yesterday that I need to tell you about. I was out all day, having FUN! Oh this dish looks sooooooo good, for any season! Off to work I go, but we are going to chat this week, after work. Let me know what day works best for you! LOVE, Anita

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    April 11, 2016 at 10:28 am

    You have such a way with healthy soups, Robyn, this one definitely looks like spring in a pot! I hate when stuff ‘disappears’ after I get home from the supermarket, but it’s usually things like cookies and ice cream, and I have a good idea of where it goes 😉
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    Chris Scheuer
    April 11, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Love the beautiful colors and all the wonderful fresh stuff in this soup. It’s perfect for spring!

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    April 11, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    I’m all about the spring vegetables right now, so this is right up my alley. I’m putting it on my dinner menu in the near future!
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    April 11, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    This sounds like such a lovely, delicious dish! After a long winter I love using fresh spring vegetables, and I have a package of chicken thighs in the freezer just waiting to be used. Definitely trying this later this week. Hope you’re having a wonderful spring!

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    All That I'm Eating
    April 12, 2016 at 6:54 am

    I love recipes like this! All the vegetables are so vibrant and full of flavour and I bet the chicken makes everything taste so good.
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    GiGi Eats
    April 12, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Well aren’t you just a SPRING CHICKEN for making a SPRING CHICKEN dish! LOL!
    Yeah. I am not funny.
    But I tried?
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    April 12, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Great combination of ingredients and what a fresh Spring looking dish to serve. Another home run Robyn!
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    April 14, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    That’s what Spring looks like. Delicious and colorful!
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    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    April 16, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    This looks beautiful Robyn! I never cook bone-in chicken, unless its a whole chicken, but I know its so healthy and moist that way. I should try it more often.

    The Vitamix- was that sponsored, or did you purchase it as a group? I have one, and want to get on their affiliate list, but apparently that’s really hard! They’ve been “reviewing” their affiliate program for as long as I have had one.

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